published Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Bicyclist struck in hit-and-run on Dodds Avenue

A male bicyclist is being treated by medics after being struck tonight by a car on Dodds Avenue.

Police dispatchers say Timothy Rudolph, 24, was traveling northbound on a bicycle around 10:20 p.m. when Matthew Cunningham, 30, traveling southbound, made a sharp turn to go east on 37th Street and struck Rudolph with his SUV.

Rudolph sustained life threatening injuries in the collision and is in critical condition, according to police.

Police say Cunningham drove away from the scene of the accident and was located shortly after the incident at 3804 13th Ave.

Cunningham was arrested and charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on suspended DL, vehicular assault, open container law, improper turn, no insurance, failure to render aid, and failure to report a crash, according to police.

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NoMyth said...

Sad story. Chattanooga is one of the least bike-friendly cities in the country. I hope they catch the person that drove off.

April 26, 2011 at 11:42 p.m.
NorthChatter said...

Riding a bike on Dodds Avenue at night is not a very smart thing to do. Be interesting to see if the person had reflectors on his bike...or a light...or was wearing a helmet. I am going to guess that the answer to all of the above was no.

April 27, 2011 at 1:15 a.m.
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